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THE IMMUNITY ZONE

Andromeda

 

Progressive Metal

3.19 | 53 ratings

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Valarius
4 stars Throughout their careers, every band goes through a stage where they drastically alter their sound. It could be a huge improvement or a complete disaster. It could last for only one album, maybe a couple of years, or possibly even for the rest of their existence.

This is exactly the case for Andromeda's style on this album. The songs seem a lot more stripped down than previous efforts, Johan Reinholdz seems to have mellowed down on the guitar and the lyrics seem a lot less ambitious. So what's the deal? Are they trying to reach out to a broader audience? Are they experimenting with different ideas? Has Reinholdz decided to calm down a bit and let the band focus more on songwriting?

Nobody knows the answer to these questions but the band members themselves, but despite the change in direction, this is still one kickass album. It may be their weakest effort to date, but it has some truly remarkable songs on it.

With that said, some of the tracks are pretty weak though, and for every anthem, there is a misstep. 'Slaves of the Plethora Season', possibly Andromeda's most basic song, is one hell of a tune. Sure, it has no solos, no ridiculous time-signatures, and pretty terrible lyrics ("who can get an erection?"), but none-the-less it has some very catchy, heavy riffs, that put most modern Metal bands to shame. And that is one thing this album is overflowing with, intelligent, well thought-out riffs.

Of course the true centerpiece of this album, and most probably one of Andromeda's greatest songs, is the 19-minute 'Veil of Illumination'. There are no words that can truly do justice to describe how insane this song is. Some amazing music here, with some decent lyrics and arguably the craziest instrumentation ever, especially the mid-section, which features some of the wildest playing you'll ever hear. And this is not an exaggeration.

As usual with this band, all performances are of the highest standard, so even with the more relaxed playing and stripped down arrangements, this group still plays their hearts out, sounding tighter than ever, and Johan Reinholdz chilling out on the guitar has really helped all the other members shine, especially drummer Thomas Lejon, who really gets to show how much of a psychopath he is on the drums.

In summary, the fourth album into their career and this could be considered Andromeda's weakest, but don't let that put you off. It is still a great album, and if this is a new direction they plan on sticking to, then I think they're still more than capable of one day becoming champions of Prog Metal.

Valarius | 4/5 |

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